Ewen MacAskill
The Guardian
June 19, 2011

There were buttons that said “Kiss Me, I’m a Republican” and buttons that averred “I’m the God-Fearing, Gun-Toting, Flag-Waving Conservative the Liberals Warned You About.” And of course there were badges declaring loyalty to the candidates who have announced their run for the Republican nomination, such as Michelle Bachmann and Mitt Romney.

But the fastest sellers were for a politician who has not yet announced whether he will join the White House race – the Texas governor, Rick Perry.

“Our bestselling button has been the Perry one,” said Anne Grout, a Republican from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “For a while, we had Perry-Bachmann buttons and people really liked that and we sold out,” Grout said of the prospect of Perry as presidential candidate and Bachmann as his running mate.

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